Distance ~ #001 April 2014 – Haiga/Haibun Thinking Week #11: Art Week (and) NaPoWriMo 2014

©14 These Letters Late Winter 1993 1 sml 6x


This Close Distance


we exchange letters. unevenly. sometimes she sent three or four when I’d reply with one. other times I might send half a dozen and receive one in return. when I was traveling. on my own. eight months. across Europe. I’d sometimes find one of her letters. at the US Consulate. in Rome. and read it. on the Spanish steps.

this uneven exchange. like waves upon a shore. sometimes the water is a little higher. sometimes a little lower. still. each wave arrives. in a unique way of balancing. across the distance. this way and that. always in contact.

she came to visit that year. and several years later to live. a few miles away. 

now I place an imaginary stamp on an old envelope. we still exchange letters in this uneven balance. I want her to know a letter will always be waiting for her hand. it’s been eight years next month that I let go and she went on. 

we will visit again one day. face to face. in what ever way that may be. that’s how it works. not today though. 


maybe it will be today. I don’t know. 

today it will be a letter. one I mail from within. 


these letters
arrive each Spring in May
I smile


Digital Drawing and Painting Collage

  • 8 x 12 Inches @ 300 ppi
  • Scanner Photography
  • Epson Perfection V300 Photo Scanner
  • Zen Brush App
  • My Sketch App
  • iPad 2
  • Nikon D80 Digital Camera
  • Perfect Effects 8
  • Adobe Photoshop Elements 12


The above is my response to the Haibun Thinking blog: Week #11 – April 1, 2014 Art Week prompt , as well as my April 2, 2014 response for NaPoWriMo (additional information follows below on this National Poetry Writing Month).

This week one of the Art Week prompts on Haibun Thinking is also my artwork. The above image (minus the haiku) is one of the prompts. I encourage you to respond to this image via the Haibun Thinking blog. Simply go to the post and follow the information there.

You are of course invited to respond to the Haibun Thinking blog prompts each week. You are also invited to read the response by others to these prompts (click on the Links in Collection buttons) and have fun.

This month is National Poetry Writing Month 2014 (NaPoWriMo 2014). I hope to contribute at least one poetic writing each day—although I will post these on my blog only as I post (which currently is about 2-4 times a week). Some of my responses so far follow:

April 01

dangling earring
across the lingering day
this pink moon


seeds upon a hill
I complete a painting
into Spring


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